June 14, 2009

A Junk Collector Makes A Haul

Seriously... you all won't believe the week my friends and I have had at our favorite thrift store (Salvation Army) which is, sadly, going out of business. Because they are GOB... I hit the motherload on Christmas goodies. We hung around like vultures waiting for the nice ladies to bring up the boxes from the basement. The truck guys came and hauled them all up. They sat them in big piles in an alcove in the store and said, "Have at it!"

Now, to my mother, this would be a total nightmare. To Wendy, Janet and me, it was like Christmas! Who knows which treasure we would dig up in those old boxes of stuff wrapped in tissue paper??? We came up with quite a few nice decorations and went back every day for 4 days to see what else we could find.

I'm going to show you the boxes of stuff, but I'm not going to take pictures of it all yet. I'm not sure if anyone would really be interested to see ALL of it. LOL! I paid about $15 for all of this.

This box has a whole village in it. We've never had one and this seemed a great opportunity to get it. There is a nice big church in there somewhere and a skating rink and everything. There are also wooden ornaments that I collected from MANY different boxes. I'm going to do a little tree with these wooden ornaments for V.'s room this year. He loved them!

This one has the snowmen I collected and 2 or 3 boxes of balls and some other fun ornaments.

More of the little wooden ornaments and some Christmas signs. These are from S.A. but I bought my mom the same ones last Christmas at the Christmas Tree Shops.
This is a Dept. 56 tree, a whimsical metal tree with bells on it, some shelf-sitters and a few more snowmen...oh, and a teddy bear.

More ornaments in a snowflake basket! A lot of what we collected we thought we could tie on packages... like these rusty tin onaments with little curly wires.
A Christmas tree basket with garlands in it. I love to decorate for Christmas. If you don't believe me, look HERE! What I don't use will go to my mom. I sure had fun collecting it though!

Few know the joy of thrifting, if you know, jot a comment. I'd love to hear from you!


ellen b said...

Well done Tami! What a great haul!!
When I clicked on your link at Rhodas it took me to a 2008 Christmas post.. FYI
I clicked on your profile to get to the current post...

~~Carol~~ said...

Ooh, you got lots of Christmas pretties! Lucky you!

Rhonda said...

What fun finds! I love Christmas too! Christmas in June...whoohoo!

Small House said...

MY WORD....what a lucky-day!! Okay, few days. I think CONGRATULATIONS are in order.

Kammy said...

Yeah Christmas !
I can hardly wait to decorate and blog.....lol ! Great finds !
Hugs ~ Kammy

The Tattered Cottage said...

You got some really great Christmas decor. For me the best thing about Christmas is the decorations :)

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

It was just like Christmas!!!!!! Happy Thrifty Monday.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Great finds! Christmas is my favorite time of year! You'll have lots more to decorate with this Christmas!

Thanks for sharing!


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Good digging, girl! I think either you're a digger or your not. I def. AM a digger.


good score! I heart Christmas and even better Christmas signs! I would have been in heaven,Good job!

Heth said...


What a great haul!!!! You were so lucky!!

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